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    December 5, 2013
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he died peacefully at the age of 95. crowds are gathering outside his home in johannesburg. he's been fighting illness for a year or longer. he became south africa's first black president. president obama spoke to the nation a short time ago. >> we have lost one of the most influential, courageous and profoundly good human beings we will share time with on this earth. he no longer belongs to us, he belongs to the ages. >> what made nelson mandela great was precisely what made him human. we saw in him what we seek. >> good evening from washington. in its own way is in a state of mourning tonight. nelson mandela was
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historic figure, inspiration and role model for africans, south africans, but americans as well in our own troubles racial history and struggle to overcome that mirrored to americans in the life and the struggle and the suffering and then the triumph and the leadership of nelson mandela whose passing at 95 was noted by his successor, south african president, jacob zuma. >> yet, what made nelson mandela great was precisely what made him human. we saw in him what we seek in ourselves. and in him, we saw so much of ourselves. >> reporter: one of those who
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says he was especially inspired is american president, barack obama, who shared his reaction a few moments ago to the passing of south africa's first black president. >> i would study his words and his writings. the day he was released from prison, gave me a sense of what human beings can do when guided by hopes and not fears. like so many around the globe, i cannot fully imagine my own life without the example that nelson mandela set. so long as i lii will do what i can to learn from him. >> reporter: south africa's now expected to spend the better part of a week, maybe more, celebrating the life of nelson mandela and world leaders are expected to travel to south africa. president obama is expected to be one of them. reporting live from washington, i'm steve handelsman. back to you.
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>> thank you. our coverage continues this evening. shomari stone rushed to the south african embassy this afternoon and he joins us live from there. shoma shomari? >> reporter: good evening, we are on massachusetts avenue and drivers are coming by, honking their horns, some putting up their fist paying tribute to nelson mandela. there is a fence here. why? the embassy is under construction. you look behind me and you can see this ten foot statue paying tribute to nelson mandela. it was unveiled two months ago. his fist raised in a power salute. it's in northwest d.c. activists staged sit ins and protests and spurred the u.s. to pose sanctions. let's roll video of mr. mandela. he was africa's former president who helped break the country system of racial discrimination. he died this evening, age 95.
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south african president jacob zuma announced the death at a somber news conference. people are coming here to the south african embassy to pay tribute to mandela. we are going to hear from a 12-year-old girl. she walked here with her father and here is what she had to say. >> i want to pray for his family, him and all the people that are suffering for his loss. i like to say thank you for him and everything he did for us. >> reporter: back out here live, you can see the south african embassy here, the statue and there is a lot of media here. we are in very tight quarters, which is why my voice is lowered. a lot of folks from the local stations, you have international media showing you how nelson
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mandela touched lives for civil rights around the world. fellow south africans, you know, nelson mandela brought them together as well. he had been in and out of the hospital for months. in june, he was admitted to a facility for a lung infection. we'll be here all evening long. people are coming here. in fact, a man, moments ago, dropped off flowers here. he just stood. he didn't say anything. he stood, looked at the statue and calmly walked away. live here on massachusetts avenue, outside the south african embassy, i'm shomari stone, news 4. >> thank you. >> we heard the little girl mention his family. he is survived by a wife, three of his children and a couple dozen grandchildren and great grandchildren. >> they were by his bedside late this afternoon. >> we have been seeing the live pictures of nelson mandela's statue this evening. tom sherwood was there when the
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statue was unveiled this past september. it's a shame to see the fence and the barbed wire. >> i hope it will move some of the reconstruction, the embassy is being rebuilt. if they could move it back because i suspect there will be a lot of people that want to walk by. there's not a lot of room. we were there a couple days before the statue was formally dedicated. it's a ten foot statue, exactly like the one outside the prison where he spent so many decades in prison. she said the fist was a fist of hope, not so much of violence, but hope. in south africa, this is a great story, right across the street is the embassy for great britain. there's a statue there of winston churchill with a "v." >> they are signaling each
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other. >> they go rock beats scissors. a bus driver came by. he said i saw what was happening. i got back to the terminal and got on my motorcycle and i came over and had to take a picture of this statue. he was so proud. people have gone by and i have tweeted out the statue. shomari said they are honking. it's important for the metropolitan area. randall robinson, eleanor holmes norton, they were all in on the very first demonstration there back in 1984 when people said enough of this, we have to have a demonstration. the demonstration, then people from all over the country felt they had to come to washington, walk up to the embassy and be arrested. that site on massachusetts avenue, lots of significance. i drive by it every day and i never fail to look and see that's nelson mandela. >> do you remember what took
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place across the street at the british embassy after princess diana was killed? >> the flowers. there's lots of room there on the british side. on that side there's not. the iranian embassy is next door. people use it as a parking lot. i think the police and embassy will accommodate the people that want to come by. >> i think there's going to be a lot of them. >> it's a good thing it's in our city. >> it is, indeed. thank you. a moment of silence minutes ago. u.n. secretary general hailed nelson mandela as a giant and a man of inspiration. he said he is profoundly saddened by his passing. >> nelson mandela was a giant for justice and a human inspiration. many around the world were greatly influenced by his
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self-less struggle for freedom. he touched our lives in deeply personal ways. at the same time, no one did more in our time to advance the values and aspirations of the united nations. >> let's go to the live desk now. pat lawson muse with reaction from former president bill clinton. pat? >> yes, former president clinton says he's lost a true friend today. also, he says, quote, history will remember nelson mandela as a champion of dignity and f freedom. we will remember him as a man of grace and compassion for whom abandoning bitterness and embracing adversaries. back to you. >> thanks so much. we'll have continuing coverage, of course, and reaction of his death throughout the night and online at www.nbcwashington.com. we'll also have a full hour long
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special edition of "nightly news" following our broadcast. now to other news and a developing local story. the d.c. police department is being rocked by not one but two scandals. three police officers are under investigation tonight. one officer was arrested earlier this week and facing charges of child pornography. a third officer has been disciplined. news 4s mark segraves is following this developing story from outside u.s. district court. mark? >> reporter: doreen, that's right. one officer charged with taking pornographic pictures of a 15-year-old girl while on duty. a second officer's home was searched for investigation into child prostitution and channel 4 learned a third officer is being questioned as to whether or not he tipped off his fellow officer he was about to be arrested.
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officer mark washington was charged with taking naked pictures of a 15-year-old girl while he was on duty. in court today, prosecutors said washington committed a most egregious crime while in uniform. prosecutors revealed investigators found hundreds of pictures on washington's camera that appear to have been taken at crime scenes. pictures of domestic violence victims as well as naked girls. another officer is being questioned as to whether he alerted washington he was about to be arrested giving him time to delete the photos. that officer is now on desk duty while the investigation continues. police searched the home of a third officer. they say police are investigating barnhill in connection with a prostitution ring. he's not been charged with wrong doing. he would not talk with news 4 when we knocked on his door
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earlier. i'm mark segraves with channel 4 news. can we talk to you about what happened last night? no? now officer barnhill who has not been charged with wrong doing has been placed on non-contact status while the investigation continues. as for officer washington, he could be released tomorrow pending a future trial date depending on what fbi agents find in a search. sources tell nbc 4 the two cases could be related. row porting live at u.s. district court, mark segraves, news 4. >> thank you. meanwhile, our coverage of the meanwhile, our coverage of the death of
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tomorrow we should find out who consultants think prince george's county should roll the dice with. the bids for a casino. tracee wilkins is at one of the proposed locations in fort washington with an update. hey, tracee. >> reporter: this is a site we know is going to have a hard time tomorrow. the folks proposing this location told us they got a bad review from the folks making recommendations to the committee that will select the final site.
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tomorrow, we have the opportunity to see how the other two did. mgm wants a casino at national har bar. penn national at the raceway and greenwood racing pants a parx casino. they head to annapolis to win the sixth and final gaming license. the seven-member commission selecting the site had them review the proposals. the findings are confidential until tomorrow, the forth washington site had criticism. >> some about traffic, many about location. >> reporter: parx is preparing to fight and defend the site, some people in the community want to see the proposal fail. >> over here, this is a lot of traffic up and down. i don't know how it would work. >> seeing i live up the hill, i don't like that side either.
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my preferred place is rose croft because it's furthest from me. >> reporter: no way to know how it fared. a spokesperson released a statement saying we are confident in the fact we put our best foot forward with the best track record in the state. we are confident in the proposal. >> it's an ideal location for it, i think, you know? it's the way i think it should go. >> reporter: mgm spokesmen are with holding comment until tomorrow. county leaders are endorsing it. this is the congestion giving this site here a tough way to go. now, tomorrow the hearing starts at 11:00 a.m. we'll be hearing the proposals from the consultants. the casino operators will have the opportunity to talk if they want to. just a first step. the final vote for who gets the
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casino will not happen until the end of the month. i'm tracee wilkins, news 4. well, we have big weather changes on the way. doug kammerer is down live at the national zoo. balmy day out there, doug. >> reporter: i have to tell you, what a great night it is out here as far as zoo lights is concerned. it's sponsored by pepco. seventh year out here. they have lights all over, a ton of people out. tonight is the night to be out here. temperatures are still in the 60s. as a matter of fact, let's show you the temperatures across the area. we are sitting in the 60s. the current temperature at the airport, low to mid-60s. it's where we are going to stay for the evening hours before falling into the 50s. temperatures remain mild all night tonight. take a look at the numbers across the area. everybody in the 60s for the most part. 61, 62, 63 degrees after a high today. near 70 across the area. that's the storm system that's moving our way that helped get to the numbers around 70
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degrees. now, that storm system, not very far off. look at the storm team 4 radar. we are looking dry around the area. showers to the western portions of maryland. as you widen out, notice what's happening. it's not just the rain, it's the snow and ice that is causing problems ayosz the central plains and the ohio river valley over the next 24 to 36 hours. for us, a rain event tomorrow but then all bets are off this weekend. we have the same system coming up toward our area and we are going to see big problems most likely starting on sunday. veronica johnson is in the storm center. we are talking about the storm making its way through here. if you are traveling sunday morning, we are starting with snow and ice. it's a very dangerous combination. >> snow that could accumulate before the ice accumulates on top of it. this is a storm system that is one of the worst in quite some time. you can see it unfolding right now. doug mentioned the snow showing
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up in white around st. louis, missouri and areas of oklahoma. then icy conditions coming into spots like ohio. that's what will be moving this way the second half of the weekend. that ice with the cold air. we are going to have first is rain. you can see the weather front late this evening into areas of western pennsylvania. look at the moisture advancing ahead of it. by tomorrow morning, in fact after 3:00 a.m., we have a chance to see, the best chance of rain around the area. that means a wet morning rush but our heaviest rain comes during the evening rush. maybe a few pesky, showers tomorrow. most of it in the afternoon and evening. there's the weather front. it moves through. we have rain falling at 5:00 and 6:00 and 7:00 p.m. tomorrow. i think we could see anywhere from about a half to 3/4 inch of rain tomorrow out of the weather system. and it's going to get cold during the evening. not only will you need an
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umbrella, but you need a nice, warm jacket. it gets nasty tomorrow. this weekend, saturday i think you'll be able to deal with saturday fine. right now, it's looking dry. it's looking cold, but sunday, you are not going to like sunday at all. we have cold air on top of us. starting at 9:00 to 10:00 a.m., the snow starts falling. it moves from west to east. all this snow in western pennsylvania down south into central virginia. it's ice in richmond, virginia to leonardtown and st. marys. we could see it snow for several hours. light accumulation falling. 50 degrees to 60 degrees in the morning. temperatures come down throughout the day. by 2:00 p.m. tomorrow, 48. we start mild and it gets colder and colder. here is a look at the storm team four day forecast here. i wanted to talk more about what we get on sunday. again, sunday is that day when
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we have icy conditions that start early and we'll make for difficult travel as we get into monday morning. i think our temperatures will be quite critical and fluctuating around 32 degrees, if not lower to the north and west of d.c. that means monday morning travel could be difficult if not slow. so, first half of the weekend, we are fine. second half of the weekend crazy. all day tomorrow, it's a weather alert day. even for the heavy rains coming in. noontime, updates to everyone. >> i'm not hearing you say anything about the tricky rain/snow on sunday. >> it's too early to tell where the line is going to set up. right now, i would say, if i had to make my best forecast would be along areas of i-95. >> okay. >> so, anything to the west of there, i think we are talking snow. to the south of there, rain, mixing with freezing rain at times. >> potentially dangerous conditions for all of us.
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>> exactly. >> thanks. we'll stay tuned. we continue to gather reaction to the death of nelson
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thanks to a news 4 viewer, a
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maryland man has been reunited with something near and dear to him. we told you about bob and his stolen tractor on monday. as pat collins reports, someone who saw that story had the clue police needed. >> reporter: in this part of the country, owning a john deere is special. it's like having a cad lock. bob loved his john deere tractor. his antique john deere, taken from this yard in mount airy in november. found in the garage of this home about 13 miles away. found last night after a tip to the sheriff from a news 4 viewer. did you ever think you would see that tractor again? >> i gave it up. >> reporter: bob is a mennonite. for religious reasons, we can't show his face nor take video of his prized tractor. take my word for it, he got it back and he's smiling. what was the feeling in your heart? >> i was happy.
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real happy. >> reporter: a 1940s john deere -- last monday, we did a story about all of this. a news 4 viewer recognized that tractor, called in attempt and frederick county sheriff found it at this home. at the house, where the tractor was found, i talked to zachary garden. he says another man who lives here bought that tractor about a week ago. >> he purchased the tractor for $600. he had a clean bill of sale. that's all i can tell you. >> reporter: when did he buy it? >> approximately a week ago, i don't know. >> reporter: who took bob's antique john deere? at this point, we don't know. no charges have been filed and police say they are still investigating. in mount airy, pat collins, news 4. still ahead, a local teacher
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accused of showing up drunk. who spotted trouble that landed a teacher behind bars. a deadly crash. the surprising twist as the victim's family addressed the court. we continue to look back at the legacy of former south african president, nelson mandela who
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our nation has lost its greatest son. >> we begin at 6:30 tonight with sad and historic news from south africa. former president, nelson mandela has died. one of the most famous statesmen who fought hate. reaction is coming in from all over the world and washington. we begin with pat lawson muse live with reaction from two world leaders. pat? >> we are going to start in new york. members of the u.n. security council interrupted their meeting to stand-up and hold a moment of silence for nelson mandela. here is the video. no one has done more for the
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united nations. aga again, video interrupting t meeting to stand in a moment of silence in tribute to nelson mandela. here in washington, the president shared his thoughts an hour ago. >> the first thing i ever did that involved an issue or policy of politics was protest against a par tide. i would study his words and writings. the day he was released from prison gave me a sense of what human beings can do when guided by hopes, and not fears. like many around the globe, i cannot imagine my life without the example nelson mandela set. so long as i live, i will do what i can to learn from him. we will not likely see the likes of nelson mandela again.
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it falls to us as west we can to forward the example he set. to make decisions guided not by hate, but by love. never discount the difference that one person can make. to strive for a future that is worthy of his sacrifice. for now, let us pause and give thanks for the fact that nelson mandela lived. a man who took history in his hands. and bent the arc of the moral universe toward justice. >> president obama reflecting just about an hour ago from the white house on the passing of nelson mandela. jim, back to you. >> thank you. zachary kiesch looks back at the life and legacy of nelson mandela. >> i cherish the idea of a new south africa where all south african s are equal.
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>> reporter: nelson mandela, revolutionary and politician became the first black president from south africa from 1994 to  1999. >> that is really the centerpiece of the day when south africa took a completely different turn as a country that was doomed for bloodshed and violence and the destruction of humanity. >> reporter: his impact on improving race relations was profound. it was his past experiences that demonstrated his true character, his courage, a journey that sealed his legacy around the world. in 1962, mandela, a lawyer, was arrested and convicted of trying to overthrow the government.
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his punishment, 27 years in prison. >> resilience in the case of mr. mandela, to be bowed and change yourself for the better. >> reporter: he regained freedom and spread the message. >> at the heart of that concept to ease the notion of the convictedness of people. >> he is an african spiritual philosophy that says i am because we are. in mandela's eyes we can only reach our fullness when we allow the fullness of others to shine. in a world that often tells us otherwise. over the years, that name mandela has become unanimous with the brand of hope and courage. born july 18, 1918, zachary kiesch, news 4.
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>> these are live pictures of the crowd outside mandela's home. people have been gathering, singing and dancing. it is a crowd that's going to grow larger and larger. it's the middle of the night right now. many people over there will not be hearing this news until they wake up, probably. you know, we have heard president obama talking about how significant the figure nelson mandela was in his growth and life and development as political leader. it's true for so many of our leaders in washington. tom sherwood covers d.c. politics for us and -- >> and we are interrupting d.c. politics because rita joe lewis is on the phone. she's a candidate for mayor. in 1990, miss lewis was the tour director for a 12-day tour for
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mandela. miss lewis, can you here me? >> caller: yes, i can, tom. >> what was it like on that not victory tour, but educational tour. what did you feel when you took part in that historic moment? >> caller: i will tell you my heart is full. it was one of the most humbling experiences of my life. to be able to be with someone with the values mandela had about inclusion for all people. it was so inspirational. >> what cities did you go to? >> caller: i was able to work with the democracy of south africa. we were able to pick up mr. mandela and his family.
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bring them into new york. >> were you able to go to the dedication of the statue on massachusetts avenue? we are showing pictures and people are liking the statue. >> caller: i was at the dedication. it was a privilege to be there with the leaders fighting in south africa, to participate on that unveiling on massachusetts avenue. >> some politics can get small as you know, in the campaign, the day-to-day stuff. this is one of the largest political movements in the history of the world. >> caller: it was inspirational for mandela in south africa and the iconic leader to bring so many people together. a man in prison for 27 years. i was able to witness firsthand how humble he was, how astute he was and not really -- it was not about him. it was really about what was
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good for the people of south africa and for all south africans and be able to come to the united states to say thank you to ask them to continue to keep the pressure on. also, to raise money for them to be able to do what needed to be done. >> thank you very much for talking to us. best wishes. thank you for speaking with news 4. >> caller: thank you so much. >> so many local leaders in the district inspired. we heard from mayor gray and the council chair tonight. much more reaction. >> a lot of people, i talked earlier about the bus driver who stopped to see the statue. it's something people feel in their heart. they don't need to be in a position of power to know what he meant. >> back to live pictures here of the statue. the replica we have been showing on massachusetts avenue. we'll have continuing coverage and reaction to nelson mandela's
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death throughout the night and online at www.nbcwashington.com. we invite you to join us for an hour long special edition of "nightly news"
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tonight, we are hearing from one of the world's richest women who caused a deadly crash in northern virginia. jacqueline mars of the mars candy company pleaded guilty to reckless driving today. julie carey reports it was the victim's relatives who spared mars from getting jail time. >> reporter: photos of what prosecutors call a tragic accident revealed for the first time mars heir us was behind the wheel of this suv when she fell asleep at the wheel. she crossed the center line and hit a van full of friends and family from texas in town for a wedding.
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a passenger was killed instantly and the van's driver was critically injured and eight months pregnant lost her baby. today, some of the victims returned to spare mars from jail time. >> they wanted the truth to come out and forgiveness. >> reporter: the grandmother of the unborn child declined comment to reporters but asked the judge to show mercy saying we have forgiveness in our hearts for her. we hope she can find peace. the baby boy named charlie who died after an emergency c-section is seen as a hero because he absorbed the force of the accident saving his mother. >> they explained charlie is their hero and charlie took the brunt of everything so mommy could stay on earth. >> reporter: today, mars pleaded gill toy reckless driving saying i know i can't go back in time
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and change what happened. it's important for this court and the families to know i will always live with the grief and loss caused by the tragedy. she went from the courtroom to a nearby private room, joined by the victims and their families. i could see through the open door, they embraced. >> what we saw here today was the -- a great moment in human forgiveness and compassion. >> reporter: she got no jail time, but he license suspended for six months. julie carey, news 4. our live coverage of the life of nelson mandela continues after this. this
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college kids are wired, laptops, smartphones and more. you would think it's easy to reach a student at a moments notice. the news 4 i team started investigating. as scott macfarlane noticed, colleges are facing an up hill battle trying to get emergency warnings to students. >> reporter: at howard university, it happened on a summer morning. report of a sex assault. >> people have to be careful. >> reporter: students told news 4 they haven't hrd about it even though they sent out this alert by e-mail. >> i think they are effective as long as you check your e-mail. >> reporter: the university of texas arlington e-mails students after sex assaulted. >> you are on a college campus and want to feel safe. >> reporter: the same in 2012. >> terrifying. >> reporter: one official told the news 4 i-team, college kids
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don't check e-mails anymore. college campuses are a text message territory. >> you have 1 million alerts coming to you. >> reporter: a review finds several local universities have text message alert systems. nearly all of them are voluntary. students must opt in, sign up. in some cases, we found only a fraction of students are enrolled in the text message systems. many are opt out. howard is considering switching to opt out, too. alert them in a timely manner of a campus emergency. companies marketing the device and technology says the federal law -- >> doesn't state it has to be received. >> reporter: they don't require text messages be used. georgetown university allowed news 4 cameras into their
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emergency centers. students download an app, they see trouble and alert police. the iphone cameras are seen on police tv monitors. >> we get their location, we get audio and we get video from the scene. >> reporter: it, too, is opt in. voluntary. private companies are marketing key fobs, a device that lights up with emergency messages hoping schools make it mandatory. >> most of us don't want to carry that. >> closed roads, open roads happen through here. >> reporter: d.c.'s homeland security has a silver bullet. the commercial mobile alert system, a push alert that hits every phone in d.c. with a text alert in the case of an emergency. universities have been called to inquire about it. the trouble is, they can only send alerts to the entire district of columbia.
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>> so many times they turn it off. >> howard university says they use text alerts for matters of an immediate threat. if notification is made when there's no longer an immediate threat, we opt for e-mail versus text notification. scott macfarlane, news 4 i-team. >> we have been telling you there's a lot of weather issues coming for us in the next few days. let's check in with doug. he's out at the zoo with that. it's still nice right now. >> reporter: that's the thing, doreen. tonight is the night to get out to zoo lights sponsored or powered by pepco. across the area, beautiful weather. temperatures in the 60s, close to 70 earlier. a lot of people at the zoo enjoying the nice weather. let's run into what we are dealing with. temperatures are on the warm side. here are the numbers with temperatures in the low 60s
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across the region. warm numbers all night long. storm team 4 radar showing showers to the west of the region. as we widen out, notice what is going on to the west. rain, ice and snow. we will deal with all of those over the next three days. let's show you on future weather. we take you through hour-by-hour. we are going to be seeing the rain moving in. some of the rain comes down on the heavy side, at least during part of the day. tomorrow afternoon, same deal. tomorrow afternoon, a cold rain starts to fall. by saturday, that is all out of here. saturday is just rather cold and breezy. that sets us up for sunday, however. with sunday, i think we'll start as snow and move over to a period of ice. it depends on where you live and what you see. i expect accumulating snow. the potential is there for ice. that is, by far, the worst thing we could see out of this. we'll take you through day by day. tomorrow, a high of 55. temperatures falling all day long with rain.
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43 on saturday with a high temperature of 43 there. only 34 on sunday with that snow early and ice. be careful on the roads on sunday. sunday, all day, could have a lot of problems. monday, back to the rain with a high of 48. tuesday, the cold air moves back in and we could see that go from rain to snow across the region. guys, i tell you, we have one heck of a weather pattern for the next couple days. for now, it's quite nice. you can call this the calm before the storms because there's more than a couple of them. we'll talk more about that at 11:00. >> good timing on your part to hang out at the zoo tonight. >> thank you, doug. >> the sports world is reacting to nelson mandela's death. >> sports figures are reacting to the death of nelson mandela. how he use
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a local county gym teacher, a loudoun county gym teacher accused of being drunk on the job. his blood alcohol level was well over the legal limit for driving. after he arrived at cedar lane elementary. he was co-teaching a gym class when a staffer noticed his peculiar behavior. the school notified parents and
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placed him on administrative leave. he's released on $2500 bond. area sports players reacting to the news of nelson mandela's death. >> sports can be used as a hobby or distraction. nelson mandela saw the value of sport. he used it to bring a sense of togetherness m tonight, athletes took to twitter to pay their respects. robert griffin iii tweeted rest in peace, nelson mandela. kirk cousins said what a life he was. a leader of incredible moral influence. a living picture of the power. mandela used sports to make changes that diplomacy cannot. this is a quote from his in
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1995. sport has the power to change the world. it has the power to unite people in a way that little else does. it was just a year after mandela was elected president he turned to sport to help unite his still divided country. it was the 1995 rugby world cup. mandela encouraged the nation to believe in the slogan of one team, one country. the image of mandela wearing the color and handing the trophy to the team captain was a symbol of unification. 63,000 people in the stands for the game. afterwards, the captain summed up saying we didn't have the support of 63,000 south africans today, we have the support of 42 million. we are hearing from ali tonight. he taught us forgiveness on a grand scale. his was a spirit born free destined to soar above the
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rainbows. today, his spirit is soaring through the heavens. he is now forever free. >> some of the best in sports. >> it really is. >> thank you, dianna. >> nbc "nightly news" is coming up next. it is a one hour special report on nelson mandela. >> s
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coverage checker from progressive. he was a champion of freedom who changed the world. >> in the name of the heroic father of our people. tonight the world reacts os the death of nelson mandela at the age of 95. >> he is now at peace. >> on our broadcast tonight, remembering the man and his leg si. "nightly news" beginnow. >> announcer: the death of nelson mandela from nbc news world headquarters in new york, this is "nbc nightly news" with brian williams. good evening. for millions who lived him and